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4 Games That Leaders Play

4 Games That Leaders Play | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Childhood games are fun for kids, but when leaders play games instead of really leading it's not fun for anybody.

 

International Leadership Blogathon - Day 3.  Insight from Dan Forbes


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David Hain's curator insight, March 3, 2013 7:40 AM

Another bang on article from the ongoing Leadersghip Blogathon.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 3, 2013 7:42 AM

(From the article): There you have it.  Leadership is pulling people up, it’s inspiring others to want to follow you, it’s leading from the front, it’s having a vision that excites and compels others to follow. Good leaders don’t play games.

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, March 5, 2013 9:16 AM

Exellent!

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7 Steps in leading big conversations

7 Steps in leading big conversations | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
One of the conditions for major positive changes in any organisation or individuals is for everyone involved to face the truth and take an honest assessment of where he or she is now.

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, August 2, 1:16 PM
In organizations, big conversations matter. Here is one coach's steps for leading a big conversation plus some coaching questions that can help.
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Living By Questions, by Jane Hirshfield | DailyGood

Living By Questions, by Jane Hirshfield | DailyGood | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
"In times of darkness and direness, a good question can become a safety rope between you and your own sense of selfhood: A person who asks a question is not wholly undone by events. She is there to face them, to meet them. If you're asking a question, you still believe in a future. And in times that are placid and easy, a good question is a preventive against sleepwalking, a way to keep present the awakening question that's under all other questions: "What else, what more?" Jane Hirshfield, the award-winning poet and author of 'The Beauty,' explains a new way to examine your choices, keep your calm and "carabiner yourself to intimacy."

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Meaningful meetings: how can meetings be made better? | Nesta

Meaningful meetings: how can meetings be made better? | Nesta | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Many of us spend much of our time in meetings and at conferences. But too often these feel like a waste of time, or fail to make the most of the knowledge and experience of the people present.

Meetings have changed, with much more use of online tools, and a growing range of different meeting formats. But our sense is that meetings could be much better run and achieve better results.

This paper tries to help. It summarises some of what is known about how meetings work well or badly; it makes recommendations about how to make meetings better; and showcases some interesting recent innovations. It forms part of a larger research programme at Nesta on collective intelligence which is investigating how groups and organisations can make the most of their brains, and of the technologies they use.

We hope the paper will be helpful to anyone designing or running meetings of any kind, and that readers will contribute good examples, ideas and evidence which can be added into future versions.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 5, 4:58 AM

How much of your time do you spend in meetings? Some NESTA ideas on how to spend it more valuably!

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10 New Truths Great Leaders Know That Most People Don't

10 New Truths  Great Leaders Know That Most People Don't | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership isn't the same field that it was even a decade ago. Here's a map to the new landscape.
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The Pendulum Is Not Swinging Back - e-Learning Feeds

The Pendulum Is Not Swinging Back - e-Learning Feeds | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
When I first started teaching a veteran teacher told me, “If you stick around long enough, you’ll see everything come and go and come back again. The pendu
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Infographic: Does Coaching Really Work? The Benefits of Coaching Your Clients Should Know!

Infographic: Does Coaching Really Work? The Benefits of Coaching Your Clients Should Know! | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Scroll down the page for the full version of this infographic As part of our focus on "The Benefits of Coaching", Tom Casano has compiled helpful statistic

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9 Reasons Why Hitting Rock Bottom Will Make You Stronger

9 Reasons Why Hitting Rock Bottom Will Make You Stronger | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Maybe your business has failed or your venture gone off track. 


Maybe you were supposed to be the next Steve Jobs, but it's all gone bad. For whatever reason, you find yourself in a place you never imagined--rock bottom. But failure is not fatal and rock bottom is not forever, unless you make it so. There are very important lessons to learn when you've hit rock bottom. Here are nine of the most important:


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donhornsby's curator insight, June 27, 9:30 AM
I needed to read this today. I think you do as well.

(From the article):  Rock bottom can become the solid foundation on which you can rebuild your life. Whatever life gives you, even if it hurts a lot, be strong. Remember, strong walls may shake but they never collapse. You were given this life, this pain, this struggle, so work to keep yourself strong enough to make it through.
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Mutiny on the ice: Earnest Shackleton and the trust equation

Mutiny on the ice: Earnest Shackleton and the trust equation | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
How is it that Shackleton managed to provide the leadership to overcome mutiny and save all of his men despite the desperate nature of their predicament? 

What can we take from it that would be useful in business today?  I believe it came down to trust - the trust that Shackleton’s men had built in him, and the environment of trust that he created in his team.

There is a Trust Equation defined in the book The Trusted Advisor that shows the elements needed for trust to exist. 

It’s this: Trust = (Credibility x Reliability x Intimacy)/Self Orientation

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David Hain's curator insight, June 9, 6:09 AM

Meet the Trust Equation! How well does yours add up?

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Five Moments When Saying No Is Your Best Strategy

Five Moments When Saying No Is Your Best Strategy | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Most successful leaders have little difficulty saying no to a losing deal, to a project that’s wasting money, or to a request that doesn’t align with their priorities. But these same leaders can find it very uncomfortable to speak up when their concerns are less cut-and-dried or when their organization is hell-bent on pursuing a plan. In certain situations, it can feel politically risky to hesitate or ask too many questions. Even with their direct reports, many leaders find themselves putting off the difficult conversations needed to address issues such as drifting standards, inappropriate behavior, or emerging bad habits.

But, as difficult as it can be, saying no is often the key to effective leadership. Without the ability to push back when needed, you run the risk of “commitment drift”: promises made to customers or employees, or to promote safety, specific values, financial discipline, or social and environmental responsibility are eroded incrementally, without anyone really stopping to think about the consequences. As Joseph Fuller and Michael C. Jensen pointed out in their 2002 paper “Just Say No to Wall Street: Putting a Stop to the Earnings Game,” saying no to such dysfunctional momentum can be your best strategy for helping your company succeed as well as living your values.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 8, 3:46 AM

If your gut says no, it probably should prompt you to say no - or at least explore your concerns openly!

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(From the article): Being prepared to recognize and act on these moments of truth makes it less likely that you will blow by critical decision points without giving them the attention they deserve. The fact is, it only gets harder to speak up if you wait. And, as you practice saying no or raising questions constructively, you increase your ability to exert a positive influence on your organization.
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UMaine Professor: Writing Boosts Performance of Maine’s Student-Athletes

UMaine Professor: Writing Boosts Performance of Maine’s Student-Athletes | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Tennis great Serena Williams, Olympic gold medal skier Mikaela Shiffren and Mets outfielder Carlos Delgado might play vastly different sports, but they
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Amber Harrison's curator insight, June 3, 12:02 PM

The perfect article for any athlete to "reflect" upon in order to enhance overall performance!

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15 Highly Effective Hypnotic Power Words To Influence Others – 2nd Edition

15 Highly Effective Hypnotic Power Words To Influence Others – 2nd Edition | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Discover 15 highly effective hypnotic power words to ethically influence others and improve communication skills (recommended by hypnotist Igor Ledochowski)

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Remember "RAIN" - Mindful

Feeling Overwhelmed? Remember "RAIN" - Mindful | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Over the last several decades, through my work with tens of thousands of clients and meditation students, I’ve come to see the pain of perceived deficiency as epidemic. It’s like we’re in a trance that causes us to see ourselves as unworthy. Yet, I have seen in my own life, and with countless others, that we can awaken from this trance through practicing mindfulness and self-compassion. We can come to trust the goodness and purity of our hearts.

In order to flower, self-compassion depends on honest, direct contact with our own vulnerability. Compassion fully blossoms when we actively offer care to ourselves. To help people address feelings of insecurity and unworthiness, I often introduce mindfulness and compassion through a meditation I call the RAIN of Self-Compassion. The acronym RAIN, first coined about 20 years ago by Michele McDonald, is an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 1, 9:23 AM

Here is a RAIN shower to be welcomed, through the power of mindfulness! Useful EQ practice for when things get on top of us.

Karine Buriez's curator insight, June 2, 8:29 AM
Une puissante évocation de la pluie...RAIN en anglais.
Amber Harrison's curator insight, June 3, 12:15 PM

When dealing with arousal, stress, and anxiety we sometimes encounter the, "when it rains, it pours" mindset.  It's ok to have rain in life, it's just a matter of knowing how to deal with that R.A.I.N

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Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool

Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
“What do you think?”

I ask this question a lot. My team knows that when they come to me with a question, this is likely the question I’ll come back with first. Sometimes I even preface it with, “I don’t know.” As leaders in our organizations, it’s up to us to coach colleagues and our employees through finding that answer. More often than not, when I ask this question, my team has a better answer than I do — or one that I hadn’t thought about before.

It can be a powerful technique, especially if there is no single right answer – a situation that will be familiar to anyone doing leading-edge work. But it only works in an organization that values listening.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 27, 7:09 AM

Listening matters - here's the why and some hows!

donhornsby's curator insight, May 27, 8:51 AM
So how can we listen more? 

Three suggestions to try this week: 

 Look people in the eye. Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT who studies the psychology of online connectivity, wisely wrote in her recent book Reclaiming Conversation, “We face a significant choice. It is not about giving up our phones but about using them with greater intention. Conversation is there for us to reclaim.” Put down your phone when you’re in meetings. Close your laptop. See if you’re more energized about work and the people with whom you work. 

 Create space in your day. Manage your calendar and stop booking yourself out the entire day. Can someone on your team be part of that meeting? Does it need to be an hour, or can 30 minutes suffice? Give yourself time for reflection and space throughout the day, so that when you are talking with someone, you can give them your full attention. 

 Ask more questions. Next time a colleague or employee asks for advice, make sure you’re listening and understand the situation. Then, before answering, ask a question. Clarify what they really need — usually it’s just validation that their thinking is on the right track.
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 28, 10:27 AM

Totally agree.

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Why Don't Educators Want to Be Coached?

Why Don't Educators Want to Be Coached? | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
In less than a week we will all be leaning in watching the Olympics. Thousands of athletes who have worked for years with their coach to improve in their sport. Why don't more teachers take advantage of the coaches they have in their buildings?
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How to Find and Engage Authentic Informal Leaders

How to Find and Engage Authentic Informal Leaders | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

In a recent article, “10 Principles of Organizational Culture,” strategy+business highlighted how crucial it is to deploy authentic informal leaders (AILs). As the acronym suggests, AILs are not people in your organization who have been endowed with formal authority by title or by memo. Rather, they possess and exhibit certain leadership strengths such as the ability to do something important well and showing others how to do it (exemplars), or they demonstrate the skill of connecting people across the organization (networkers). Some AILs influence behavior by being the first to understand the value of a new trend (early adopters) or by instinctively associating peers’ positive feelings with day-to-day activities (pride builders). These strengths — which my colleagues at the Katzenbach Center and I refer to as “spikes” — can make AILs powerful allies in any transformation effort.


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Not All Teachers Want to Become Administrators

Not All Teachers Want to Become Administrators | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
On my first day of summer break, I ran into an acquaintance in the store. He asked how the school year went, what my plans were for the summer, an

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Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others

Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
As a leader, the most important part of your job isn't your results. Your job is to inspire your employees' results. Here's how.

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(From the article) Being able to bring out the best in others is a skill that involves just 10% natural inclination; the other 90% has to be deliberate, says Wellins: "It can’t be learned by listening to a lecture or reading examples," he says. "It needs to be practiced, reinforced, and used day to day." Here are six of their daily habits:
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The Lost Art of Thinking in Large Organizations

The Lost Art of Thinking in Large Organizations | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
If you ask managers in a large organization to approach a strategic business problem, their focus often quickly narrows to proposing solutions. When asked why, many respond that they don’t have time to think.

How did we arrive in a state where managers do not recognize that thinking is part of their job? The answer reflects a relentless focus on execution in many large companies. A company becomes big by finding a successful business model — and then scaling it massively. This necessitates building a finely tuned system with highly standardized processes. To get promoted in such an environment requires an almost singular focus on execution. In other words, it requires action more than thinking. However, once executives are promoted to a senior level, these new business leaders must be able to think strategically. Ironically, the very skills in execution that led to their promotions often make these executives ill-equipped for their new roles, since their strategy thinking muscles have withered from disuse.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 27, 5:55 AM

Is a bias for action causing a deficit of broader thinking in your organisation? I see it all the time in my coaching work.

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To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle

To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Senior leaders need to talk to each other.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 27, 9:18 AM
(From the article): A leadership circle is a unique engagement of members of the corporate family. It is a thinking-intensive forum created to expand horizons and raise new possibilities. One business unit director for the media company commented to me that, after the first few meetings of the leadership circle, discussions were happening that had been previously missing from all past strategic dialogues. “We simply had never had a forum for having such discussion among peers from across the organization,” he shared with me one day, “and once we got started, the benefits became evident to all of us.” With a universal need for companies to find new ways to either take existing corporate capabilities and move them in new directions or to start developing the capabilities required to keep the company moving forward, forming circles may be the best way to start solving that need.
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Is there an Inflation of Coaches?

Is there an Inflation of Coaches? | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

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Tessa Dagnely's curator insight, June 25, 9:46 AM
De quoi être éclairé sur ce qu'est et n'est pas un coach...toujours d'actualité bien que l'article ait 2 ans. Il se réfère à l'ICF, fédération internationale de coaching, mais sachez qu'il y a deux associations internationales de coachs, la seconde est la European Mentoring and Coaching Council - http://www.emccouncil.org/eu/en/ - qui a renvoie aussi aux sites nationaux.
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Why Every CEO Needs a Coach

Why Every CEO Needs a Coach | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Every Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is "on the stage" the majority of his or her work life but needs pre-performance quiet and confidential time to be creative, bounce their ideas off someone in a safe environment, and explore the unintended consequences of their future actions.  Engaging in a personal coaching conversation is a refreshing opportunity where the CEO can be completely open and creative in a confidential and safe place.

When asked what was the best advice he ever received, Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, recognized it was from John Doerr, who in 2001 said, "My advice to you is to have a coach."  Schmidt initially resented the advice, because after all, he was a CEO.  He was pretty experienced.  Why would he need a coach? 

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David Hain's curator insight, June 9, 6:14 AM

If it works for Eric Schmidt...! Why you should think about hiring coach.

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(From the article): I often hear myself telling my coach that it’s painful sometimes to have to be brutally honest with myself and as he always explains, it’s best to be honest with your coach as they are a sound board for you. Let’s think about this concept for a moment. If I didn’t have a coach then this conversation would be going on internally, with my inner self talk. As we all know inner self talk goes round and round and doesn’t actually go anywhere except in a negative energy field. It spirals down into a conversation of justifying and explaining why I shouldn’t do something. Controlling our inner self talk takes great skill.
Ian Berry's curator insight, June 10, 8:45 PM
Lot of wisdom in this article. For me it describes mentoring more than coaching. I know some great business coaches and respect their work. I also know that the term is somewhat tainted because of the zillions of people putting up a shingle. I prefer being regarded as a mentor which is how my clients see me
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8 Ways Smart People Use Failure to Their Advantage

8 Ways Smart People Use Failure to Their Advantage | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Failure is an inevitable part of life, but smart people know how to make it work for them.

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How to Tackle Your Blind Spots | Workforce Development | Training Industry

One of the toughest challenges in personal and corporate development is identifying blind spots and figuring out what to do about them. This is as true for coaches and corporate leaders as it is for any of the team members they direct.
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Why You Should Focus on Coaching Millennials Instead of Managing Them

Why You Should Focus on Coaching Millennials Instead of Managing Them | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
One of the founders of IBM's new 'Millennial Corps' task force explains why bosses need to foster a culture of collaboration.
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4 Brilliant Things That Happen When We PAUSE

4 Brilliant Things That Happen When We PAUSE | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
If you are a modern-age professional, we expect you to be self-aware and reflect. At its best, this self-awareness is present in every moment. You engage with another person, and you are at the same time aware of the quality of your engagement and the choices you make. I call this ability double-tracking. In the moment, and watchful of the moment, all at once.

Reflection, however, tends to happen in a pause. The pause is the moment in-between active engagement. Often only milliseconds long. But whoa – what glorious things happen in a pause.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 31, 5:13 AM

Pressing the pause button purposefully! Pause for 2 minutes to read this insightful stuff from @AchimNowak!

Joey-David Ovey's curator insight, June 5, 12:33 PM
In an age when we talk too much, pausing becomes so powerful.
Michelle Sales's curator insight, July 6, 9:26 PM

Remembering to find the time in your day to pause.